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Carlisle’s £14 million water upgrade: next phase gets underway

[T]he next phase of a £14 million project to keep Carlisle’s tap water in tip top condition gets underway on January 9, 2017.

The work, part of a four year scheme, will see United Utilities lay a new section of water pipe along Sandsfield Road from its junction with Moorhouse Road to its junction with Orton Road.

The water main on Sandsfield Road has a history of bursts, and the investment will ensure less disruption for the local community in the future.

The phase of work is expected to be completed by June 2017. Traffic arrangements will be as follows:

  • Sandsfield Road will be closed at the junction of Moorhouse Road to the junction of Housesteads Road for approximately10 weeks.
  • Sandsfield Road will then be closed at the junction of Housesteads Road to the junction of Orton Road for a further 10 weeks.

A diversion along the A689 will be in place.

Alex Bolton from United Utilities said: “This work is the latest phase in a four year project to upgrade Carlisle’s water mains, ensuring great quality tap water for our customers for many years to come.

“At various stages, we’ll be laying new pipes, cleaning existing pipes or inserting new plastic pipes inside existing water mains.

“We will do everything possible to minimise disruption for motorists, residents and businesses, and will continue to share information with communities as the scheme progresses.”

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